Mitch

  • Mitch posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Yeah, I think it’s all about what somebody is willing to pay based on an items rarity and other factors of course.

  • Mitch posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks Paul and Alan, for the additional info on my pianica. Yes, Alan, I looked at our photos earlier and it was very informative. I did remove one of the end pieces for just a basic cleaning of the keys and a slight adjustment of one of the keys. Plays nicely! I also remember seeing the name Tokai in some of my searches. I think I found it in a…[Read more]

    • Prices of vintage melodicas arevall over the place, Mitch. I follow the sources closely and have never seen a Pianica (or P) 36 for sale in the U.S. or Canada, only in Latin America and Spain and occasionally in Japan. I would expect to pay around $70-100 including shipping. If I were selling one of mine, cleaned and tuned and without any…[Read more]

      • Yeah, I think it’s all about what somebody is willing to pay based on an items rarity and other factors of course.

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  • Mitch posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    If I remember correctly, I think I found it at a thrift store. It’s been so long that I don’t recall how much I paid or where exactly. Yes, every pianica i’ve seen has said Yamaha or Melodica, so I don”t know when/what the transition was between companies etc. Was it a buy out? or what? Maybe someone will know the answer to that. I couldn’t find…[Read more]

  • Mitch posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    It is a nice instrument for sure. I watched several videos last night, including the ones that were posted here. Are there many of the 36’s around anymore?

  • Mitch posted an update 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello. I’m wondering if anyone can tell me more about the Pianica I have. It’s a Pianica 36.

    • I own one and am very happy with it. It is considered one of the best and very well liked for its good tone and very responsive playability. Most helpful if you have it available will be to study the many YouTube videos that feature the Pianica.

      • It is a nice instrument for sure. I watched several videos last night, including the ones that were posted here. Are there many of the 36’s around anymore?

    • The name ‘PIANICA’ belongs to Yamaha so that’s what I was what came to mind when I read your post. Then I read your post and learned that your instrument was by Artist Ltd. I’m not familiar with their brand. Please tell us more about how you found it.

      • If I remember correctly, I think I found it at a thrift store. It’s been so long that I don’t recall how much I paid or where exactly. Yes, every pianica i’ve seen has said Yamaha or Melodica, so I don”t know when/what the transition was between companies etc. Was it a buy out? or what? Maybe someone will know the answer to that. I couldn’t find…[Read more]

    • Looks from your posted photo you may have gotten a beautiful vintage instrument. We have some vintage experts here and it will be interesting to hear from them.

    • I’ve found some sales in Ebay that confirmed the Artist Ltd. pianicas were built by Tokai for yamaha. There is more information here on the forum under the heading vintage melodicas you will find helpful.

    • I have posted in detail about the Pianica 36, Mitch, with photos of the outside and inside. I have several of these and have cleaned and tuned a couple of them. This model was sold, relatively unchanged, from the late 1960s (1969?) to 1979. The early ones at least, but probably all of them, were made by Tokai Gakki. If it bears just the label…[Read more]

        • Thanks Paul and Alan, for the additional info on my pianica. Yes, Alan, I looked at our photos earlier and it was very informative. I did remove one of the end pieces for just a basic cleaning of the keys and a slight adjustment of one of the keys. Plays nicely! I also remember seeing the name Tokai in some of my searches. I think I found it in a…[Read more]

          • Prices of vintage melodicas arevall over the place, Mitch. I follow the sources closely and have never seen a Pianica (or P) 36 for sale in the U.S. or Canada, only in Latin America and Spain and occasionally in Japan. I would expect to pay around $70-100 including shipping. If I were selling one of mine, cleaned and tuned and without any…[Read more]

            • Yeah, I think it’s all about what somebody is willing to pay based on an items rarity and other factors of course.

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